Nurs­ing home left in lurch

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS -

OF­FI­CIALS at the Florida nurs­ing home where eight res­i­dents died in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Irma re­port­edly called Gov­er­nor Rick Scott for as­sis­tance hours be­fore the first death, but help never ar­rived.

The Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter at Hol­ly­wood Hills rang the Gov­er­nor three times us­ing a phone num­ber that he gave out to health­care ex­ecs, ac­cord­ing to a me­dia report.

But in­stead of send­ing the “im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance” they asked for, nurs­ing home of­fi­cials said they never heard back.

How­ever, the Gov­er­nor’s of­fice claims this was not the case.

Mean­while, a for­mer staff mem­ber at the home said air-con­di­tion­ing broke down “many, many times” dur­ing the three years she worked there.

Cristina Bichachi said the home’s owner Jack Michel never re­placed the sys­tem.

Ms Bichachi, who quit over a year ago, said the AC of­ten shut down for two or three days at a time, bak­ing the air in the 152-bed fa­cil­ity.


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